Okay, I am going to make this point again. One of the bad things about all the vaccine misinformation floating around is that it distracts from the real villains of this epidemic–lockdowns, masking, school closings and other misguided suppression tactics. There are idiots who have no idea what they are talking about suggesting that the vaccines caused the Moronic variant or that we have all these unexplained excess deaths that must be due to the vaccines. There are excess deaths, not due to CV-19, in some age groups and in some settings, like the home, and from some causes, like cardiac events, and they are largely caused by missed health care due to the terror campaign. People were too frightened to get health care they really needed or were told their health care was “elective” so being postponed. I have pointed out from the very, very start that the toll from this horrific terroristic approach to managing the epidemic would be felt for many, many years and would be higher than that exacted by the virus. We now have regular stories about missed cancer diagnoses, a sharp rise in malaria deaths, people dying of strokes and heart attacks at home, not to mention all the mental illness issues. That is all due to lockdowns and terror and those of you who buy into the simply absurd bullshit about vaccines doing it are letting the criminals who intentionally destroyed hundreds of millions of lives off the hook. So hope you feel good about that.
And here is another point I keep making. New posts and charts today on breakthrough event proportions, case rates for breakthrough versus non-breakthru cases, and the relative effect of prior infection, vaccination and lack of vaccination. These charts aren’t perfect, but the state intentionally doesn’t release data in its possession which would make calculation on these issues far easier. You have to threaten to sue them to get any data. But what they do show is sufficient events in the fully vaccinated to keep epidemic restrictions going forever because it doesn’t take much for the public health Nazis, and that is seriously exactly what they are, and our cowardly or power-drunk politicians, to keep requiring measures that have been shown over and over and over and over again to have no effect. And don’t even get me started on the media.
I believe the vaccines are preventing hospitalizations and deaths, but there is a limit to what they can do for seriously ill people or for the elderly. And unfortunately it doesn’t take many events to feed the terror campaign forever.
People like Awful Andy Slavitt (may have to reconstitute an Axis of Evil, Andy is the sole remaining charter member and continually proves his worth in that category–ignorance and arrogance are a hard combination to beat–and he needs company, Vivek Murthy is an obvious candidate) can deny the benefits of adaptive immunity derived from infection all they want, the research clearly shows it is highly protective, much more so than vaccination alone. And here is another study, done among health care workers, which demonstrates that. While the effect of vaccines on circulating CV-19 antibodies dropped soon after vax, those with prior infection had a more durable and stronger response. (Medrxiv Paper)
Israel initiated boosters early on and the research on their effectiveness so far flows largely from that country, but follow-up periods are very short. According to this study, people who received boosters were 90% less likely to die than those who did not. I am just a little dubious due to short follow-up. (NEJM Study). And another study from Israel purports to show that a booster reduces risk of infection and serious illness. (NEJM Paper)
Here is another study assessing the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis in older children following mRNA vaccination. The authors undertook a meta-review of the research. While these events are rare and the condition generally is mild, given the infinitesimal risk from CV-19 to children, several countries have appropriately advised against encouraging the vaccination of children. Not the US though, because vax like everything has become insanely politicized. (Medrxiv Paper)
Mask studies have been generally idiotic and this one follows the pattern. The authors claim that mask mandates are really great, and are best in counties where stupid Trump voters live. Blatant political garbage. And wow, the outcome is whether mask mandates increase mask wearing. Yeah, I think they might do that. Do they have any impact on cases, absolutely not, and these dolts didn’t even try to go there. (SSRN Study)
This study published in a CDC journal comes from Portugal and examined whether breakthrough infections were more common with Alpha or Delta. There is a serious time period confounder here relating to Alpha being prevalent when vaccinations were beginning and Delta not arising until after that period, but according to the authors, there are more breakthroughs with Delta and Delta has somewhat higher viral loads, but the viral loads in vaccinated persons were lower than in the unvaxed. (CDC Study)